Web & Mobile Applications

Web and Mobile Apps

A responsive website is your mothership. An application (app) is like one of your fleet, it has a specific purpose and elicits specific actions.

Whether you choose a native or web-based app, Upanup can help you engage your users through a mobile-first user-experience that reflects your brand and your needs.

We follow a defined process to ensure apps get the results they need. The stages of an app project typically include discovery and planning; wireframes; UI design; development; testing and launch. Some of the apps Upanup has worked on include the following:


BC Assembly of First Nations
App Store
Google Play

City of Vernon
App Store
Google Play

Recreation Oak Bay
App Store
Google Play

App Store
Google Play
*UX design by Upanup

Native App vs. Web App

Want an app but not sure which one is right for your needs? We've explained the differences between a native and a web app below.

A native app is designed for a specific operating system (OS) like iOS or Android and must be downloaded onto a user's device. Because the native app is developed for a specific OS, the features of a user's device, like geo-location and sending notifications, can be used to acheive your goals. On the flipside, having multiple apps is more costly to upkeep.

A web app, or non-native app, is accessible through a web browser rather than requiring a download. It works with the majority of devices and updates occur at the source, meaning that changes take effect right away rather than requiring users to update their app. But because it is not created specifically for an operating system, like  iOS or Android, your app won't be able to take advantage of all of the cool features available on those devices.

Still not sure, or ready to get going? Contact us to talk about your app ideas!

How long does it take to build an app?

Depending on your needs, an app generally takes 12 to 36 weeks to plan, build, launch and tweak. Additional time should be anticipated to place mobile apps in the app stores, as the stores must approve the app before it is made available to the public.

Get in touch with us to discuss your needs.

Do I need a website if I have an app?

If you want to show up in search rankings, a responsive website is a must. Apps are currently not indexed by search engines so, no website, no rankings.

What is the difference between a web app and a website?

A web app is designed to extend your website rather than replicate it—especially if your website is responsive. If you don’t have a mobile-friendly version of your website, crafting a responsive website rather than a web app may be a better option for you.

Get in touch to determine the most cost-effective and efficient route to your goals.

If I have content on my website that I want on my app, can it show up automatically?

Depending on the set-up of your website, this may be possible. To see an example of a mobile app that automatically pulls specific content from the website, then displays it on the app, download the Recreation Oak Bay for iOS or Android here. You’ll then be able to view the schedules as they appear on the website.

Can you help me modify an existing app?

Yes we can. Get in touch with us for specifics.